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Through a unique blend of objects, storytelling, and travel, ISHKAR is helping craft thrive in some of the toughest contexts, creating economic opportunities where they are desperately needed. ISHKAR collaborates with talented artisans from around the world to create unique products that reflect the rich traditions and cultures of their origins, pushing the boundaries of traditional crafts in new and innovative directions, whilst challenging one-sided narratives of countries that have been affected by conflict.



Title: Creative Director at ISHKAR

Start: Early September
Salary: £32k -£40k
Contract: Permanent - 40hrs Week

Location: London Based (Essential). Hybrid working approximately 2-3 days per week at ISHKAR’s Shop or Studio space on Columbia Rd, East London.
Holiday: 25 Days + Public Holidays

It may be needed on occasion to support the wider ISHKAR team with events. Some of our events take place outside of London, over the weekend, and after 6pm. TOIL will be applicable.

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ISHKAR is looking for an exceptional Creative Director to oversee the brand's vision across all touchpoints—from product design and development to website aesthetics, branded materials, and visual merchandising. The ideal candidate will blend aesthetic sensibilities with compelling storytelling to ensure all brand communications align with ISHKAR’s core philosophy.

This key role will drive forward ISHKAR’s vision into its next phase working with a small and dynamic team to execute exciting concepts.


KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

Product Design and Development [60%]
* Lead the design and development of new products, collaborating with existing and new artisan partners.
* Oversee the entire product lifecycle from brainstorming and design to production and storytelling.
* Direct the rollout of product launches
* Provide feedback on quality control and ensure products meet high standards.

Art Direction and Photoshoot Production [15%]:
* Plan and execute high-quality photo shoots.
* Create and communicate clear mood boards for shoots, aligning with ISHKAR’s aesthetic.

Graphic Design and Branding [20%]:
* Ensure cohesive visual identity across all ISHKAR’s platforms.
* Design branded materials for both shop and e-commerce platforms, including postcards, catalogues, pitch decks, and promotional materials.
* Lead website design and UX.

Partnership Management [5%]:
* Maintain and nurture relationships with artisan groups, NGO partners, and other collaborators.
* Identify and foster new partnerships with artists, designers, architects, and influencers.


IDEAL CANDIDATE

* Proven experience in a creative leadership role, preferably within a similar industry.
* Strong design and storytelling skills with a deep understanding of cultural sensitivities.
* Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal.
* Ability to work collaboratively and flexibly with a diverse range of partners.
* Proficiency in graphic design and video editing software.

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How to Apply: Interested candidates should submit their CV, portfolio, and a covering letter explaining why they are a good fit for this role to Nadia on contact@ishkar.com. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Deadline to apply: `15th July 2024

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